I don’t know how it happened, but over the past year or so I’ve started to use more and more natural and organic products. I think some of it has to do with my obsession with not getting sick. In this regard, it’s a healthy obsession. I am easily swayed by things I hear about beauty products or foods in general. For instance, a few months ago, I read a story about how an aggressive cat at a shelter was adopted by a loving woman and he turned out to not be all the aggressive. The cat had lived most of his life as a test animal in a cosmetics lab. The story absolutely broke my heart. Not that I’ve ever thought animal testing was ok, it just really affected me when I heard that it also happens to cats. Now, I try to look for that little bunny, the Peta bunny symbol, on the beauty products that I buy because it means that the product is not tested on animals.
Last year, I heard about how aluminum in deodorant could be linked to breast cancer, which is why I sought to make my own, natural deodorant. For the past couple of years, I have been using sulfate and paraben-free shampoo. I switched to natural toothpaste because of all the harmful chemicals in most brands. This also goes for cleaning products. I now use mostly Seventh Generation products or just plain water and baking soda. My house is still clean, but not nearly as toxic. I’m especially concerned about toxic chemicals because my grandmother passed away from cancer. Whatever I can do to eliminate my chance of getting cancer, I will do it. It’s a horrible way to die.
You’ve all probably heard me talk about essential oils in past posts. My use of essential oils has gone up a lot since my mom started selling them. I love essential oils because of their versatility for health purposes and even beauty purposes. I’ve used oils for the past few years, but I’ve really come to rely on them in the past year or so. I mean, check out my collection!
I’ve also switched to coconut oil, green tea and peppermint tea every day, and more fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ll be honest, I don’t always love eating raw fruits and vegetables. Eating them cold isn’t the most satisfying thing for me, so I aways look for healthy ways to cook them 🙂 I came up with an AWESOME fried apple recipe. Don’t let the word “fried” throw you off. Here’s what I used:
- 1 tbsp or so of coconut oil, this could change depending on how many apples you used
- I used 3 gala apples because those are the leftovers I had for the week. They needed to be eaten before they went bad. I think you can probable use any species of apple.
That’s all I used 🙂 I heated the coconut oil on medium and then added the apples. I then drizzled honey over the apples and sprinkled it with cinnamon. I continued cooking them and stirring often until they were really soft. They were so good and I didn’t compromise health.
We, meaning K and I, started eating a lot of sweet potatoes. I have always been a fan of sweet potatoes especially because they are a known super food, but this is a whole new thing for me. K brought back a sweet potato roasting pot from Korea. It’s so awesome. All you do is turn the stove on medium and stick the potatoes inside and they roast. There’s a little rack/grill thing inside this pot and vents at the bottom to let in the heat. It’s pretty cool and something I’ve never seen before. It allows for the sweet potatoes to cook in their own sugars. They come out very good and are so tasty.
This is something that I actually appreciate about my OCD. I always consider what it is that I’m eating or putting on my body and how this will affect my health. I avoid getting sick at all costs, so that also means that I take numerous measures to ensure that I’m extra healthy. I love to share health tips, and trust me, I read a lot about health tips, with my coworkers and family and friends. I’m kind of everyone’s go-to health aficionado at work 🙂
Anyway, I hope some of this information was useful! I’m happy to share what little knowledge I have. Please feel free to contact me with further questions or comments and I’ll do my best to get back with you.
PS Chester hung out in a box today.